We think of the arctic as a pristine wilderness and when scientists went to collect breast milk from Inuit mothers, they were expecting to find the purest milk anywhere on earth. But the levels went off the scale. The milk of the Inuit mothers was loaded with chemicals migrating from the south.
In this beautiful and thought-provoking film, artist and film maker Roz Mortimer leads us on a hypnotic journey to the high arctic. Using medieval texts and maps to question hierarchies of knowledge, Mortimer shows us epic scenes of contemporary Inuit life, explores their traditional connection to the earth and stages dramatic tableaux vivant in landscapes of frozen sea. A unique and sensitive portrait of a territory and its people that will leave the viewer questioning how we live in the world today.
DOG OF MY DREAMS
2001, 12', Digibeta transferred to 35mm, stereo
This contemporary Bestiary takes a subversive and tongue in cheek look at the relationships between girls and dogs. Its a love poem to the dog as told by a delicious medley of images, texts and voices from Piero di Cosimo to Joan Baez to Enid Blyton to Virginia Woolf to the girl next door.
In a series of luscious and surreal tableaux vivants based on paintings from the 16th to the 20th Century, these girls have distant encounters with their dogs whilst grown women tell their stories of childhood pets, family malaise and repressed sexual tensions.
A film about the anthropomorphic gaze, family dysfunction and childhood sexuality.
'Resolutely personal and imaginative …colour-rich, witty and suggestive.' Gareth Evans, Time Out
'Roz Mortimer takes us on a fairy-tale journey into the latently perverted world of the love between small girls and dogs.' Anna Jacobsen, Feminale Film Festival, Cologne
9 mins, 1998, 16mm
In this erotic, witty and disturbing film, a suburban housewife peels back the veneer of her perfect home to lead us on a surreal journey into the subterranean world of worms.
As the adventure unfolds, a female narrator tells fascinating facts about the worms, contrasting the woman's exploration into her containment, sexuality and alienation.
An intriguing mix of fact and fiction; a film about sex, dirt and housework.
'It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world as these lowly organised creatures' (Charles Darwin)
'...With a handful of visual paradoxes which Luis Bunuel would have applauded, and a sense of eroticism that wipes out any preconceived ideas, Roz Mortimer gives a natural touch to a new manifestation of unprecedented fetishism.'
San Sebastian Film Festival 1999
'The film echoes early Greenaway in dealing with factual information in an immensly surreal and sensually erotic manner.' Michael Hannigan, chair of international jury, Tampere International Short Film Festival 2000
Safety Tips for Kids
2003, 5 mins, DigiBeta, stereo
An ironic look at the way newspapers report childrens’ deaths: accidents, bad mothers, angry fathers and the bogeyman. Based on the film maker's archive of newspaper clippings, these are terrible stories that make great copy. With an inventive mix of still photography and live action, the film sweeps around Britain to create a chilling comment on death, news reporting and the family.
Stranger danger is the media’s buzz word, but statistics show that a child is 20 times more likely to be murdered by one of their parents than by a stranger – every six weeks in the UK, a man or a woman kills their child.
This experimental film was funded by Arts Council England and Channel 4’s animate! scheme… technically we would describe it as ‘beyond live action’ rather than animation: it has a ‘real’ visual quality but is mainly made up of hundreds of manipulated photographs. We shot it on a variety of different formats ranging from the fabulous Linhof Technorama camera with it’s huge 6x17cm negative down to a tiny digital camera attached to a keyring.